A recently released trove of documents from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, provides a glimpse inside the former New York City mayor’s murky efforts in Ukraine on the president’s behalf.
The dozens of pages of texts and other records, provided to congressional investigators by the Soviet-born Floridian and naturalized United States citizen, were released by the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening, the day before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to transmit the Ukraine-related articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the Republican-led Senate for a trial.
Parnas is currently in jail, along with another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, for his alleged role in an illicit scheme to funnel foreign funds to U.S. politicians.
The new texts reveal 2019 efforts by Giuliani and Parnas to remove the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, from her post in Kyiv. The ousted diplomat testified during House impeachment hearings last year that she was removed from her perch after a successful smear campaign by Giuliani and other Trump allies.